Ntini takes five before Pakistan strike back

Published: Friday, January 12, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Centurion:Makhaya Ntini took his 16th five-wicket haul as Pakistan paid a heavy penalty for their obsession with hook and pull shots on the second day of the first Test against South Africa at Centurion Park.

Ntini took five for 83 as Pakistan were bowled out for 313, with seven of their batmen succumbing to hook or pull shots.

Pakistan hit back when Mohammad Asif dismissed both South African openers cheaply. South Africa were 32 for two at lunch on Friday.

Pakistan self-destructed in a frenetic morning's play, scoring 71 runs in 67 minutes and 12.5 overs but losing five wickets.

Three wickets fell to hook shots on the first day and the trend continued Friday, with captain Inzamam-ul-Haq the first offender.

Inzamam was out for 42 in the fourth over of the day when he hooked Ntini straight to Hashim Amla on the square leg boundary. He stood at the crease looking disgusted with himself before trudging slowly to the dressing room.

Kamran Akmal, who made an aggressive 29, top-edged a pull to mid-on off Andre Nel and Shahid Nazir, who could have been out several times in a hit-or-miss innings of 15, top-edged an attempted hook off Ntini to gully.

Immediately after Nazir's dismissal Rana Naved-ul-Hasan hooked Ntini high to square leg and Amla took a spectacular diving catch but landed over the boundary for the batsman to score six runs.

Danish Kaneria fell to a routine catch at second slip as Ntini took his fifth wicket before Naved-ul-Hasan was the seventh man to be out hooking or pulling, top-edging a pull for Nel to hold a catch off his own bowling. Naved made 30 off 29 balls.

The tall Mohammad Asif gained prodigious swing both ways when South Africa started their innings. His first ball from AB de Villiers swung away and the next swung in, with Asif appealing for a catch behind. Replays showed the ball went off the batsman's thigh pad.

South African captain Graeme Smith, who finished the recent series against India with three successive half-centuries, was out without scoring when he edged a ball that swung away from the left-hander to wicketkeeper Akmal.

De Villiers followed in Asif's next over when he edged an out-swinger to Younis Khan at second slip.

South Africa could have been in worse trouble if Amla had been caught on four when Yasir Hameed could not hold a sharp chance at gully off Asif.

Brief Scores

Pakistan 313 (Younis Khan 65, Yasir Hamid 63, Inzamam 42, Akmal 29, Rana 30; Ntini 5 for 83, Nel 3 for 100, Pollock 1 for 38) Vs South Africa 32 for 2 (Amla 13 n o; Mohd Asif 2 for 18)


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